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US hurricane hits poor

Hurricane Katrina – the massive Category Five storm which recently hit New Orleans – could not have been prevented.

But the scale of destruction, the enormous misery, and the vast numbers of deaths could have been stopped. The scale of the horror has its roots in the cost-cutting and penny-pinching...

What Are They On?

When a Morden Train Maintainer with 30 years' service was sacked recently, something very ominous came to light. It seems that Alstom and TubeLines now have a policy to D&A test staff as part of their annual relicensing.

Underground employers already have the power to test us post incident, for...

If It's Not Safe, Don't Do It

LUL is trying to change the procedure for refusal to work on safety grounds, possibly by cutting out the role of senior managers. This policy is a crucial protection for us at work, and we can hazard a guess that if management want to change it, they are up to no good. Weakening the procedure will...

In The Loop

In the current situation, it is vital that whenever there is a security alert, we all know what is going on. After all, not only are we on the frontline, we also keep passengers informed and prevent panic.

So why have drivers been held at signals for up to ten minutes with no information?! It's...

Friday Night's Not Alright

As Ruislip depot, Balfour Beatty management want Tube Recon Gangs to sign away the Friday night agreement, and agree instead to flat-rate compulsory overtime every rostered Friday. And they think we are cheap enough to accept this for a one-off £150.

Don't sign the slip. Vote Yes in the RMT's...

Wrist Action

The SPAD (that's Signals Passed At Danger, for you non-Underground workers earwigging the TW blog) Champ has really excelled himself this time, issuing drivers with wristbands stating that 'Professionalism Prevents Piccadilly SPADs' and 'Piccadilly Drivers Don't SPAD'. Tubeworker wonders when we...

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